and we are alive to witness it! I really didn't think he'd pull off the upset in Iowa. Though I receive his emails every day and in my secret heart of hearts still hope he wins in November, I imagined a long struggle with lots of drama over the next few months, fighting to pass Hillary. To see him capture the Iowa caucus, the first one, the first black man to ever win in Iowa.... well, I was unprepared for how happy that would make me! Almost as glad as seeing Rick Neuheisel become the new Bruin headcoach.
If you grew up in the 1960s and marched for civil rights (I didn't - I was three and throwing tantrums not observing sit-ins), this moment must really be big. Everyone keeps saying we aren't ready for a woman or a black man in office. But Iowa - a mostly rural, largely white population showed up in droves (record numbers) to vote for Obama, to put their stamp on a black man, to say with their votes: we can be led by Obama. Wow. Huge.
What a morning to wake up and hope again, a little bit.